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Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Nov 1;35(9):1088-95. Epub 2002 Oct 11.

Fungal infections among returning travelers.

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  • 1Epidemic Intelligence Service, Epidemiology Program Office, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


Endemic mycoses, such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and penicilliosis, have emerged as important health threats among travelers to regions of the world where these infections are endemic. Travelers have developed fungal infections as a result of a wide range of recreational and work activities, many of which have involved well-recognized risk factors for these diseases. In some instances, infections have been acquired during short trips, whereas, in other instances, infection has been acquired during a longer period of residence in an area where the infection is endemic. Travelers need to be made aware of the risks of acquiring mycotic diseases when visiting such regions. Health care providers need to consider these infections in their differential diagnosis among returning travelers with respiratory illness and should be familiar with the treatment and prevention of these diseases.

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